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NEWSMAKERS: 1-15 September
Omar Abdullah, the new minister of state
for external affairs, is about to stand for his senior, Jaswant Singh, in the
forthcoming Indian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly.
In July, Omar was sent by Vajpayee as his special envoy to Libya to pave ways of
diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Tripoli. Though he could not meet
Libyan president Moammar Gaddafi, the PM was happy with his performance. He will
also be an international spokesman of the Indian Kashmiris.
However, all this will require much internal diplomatic skills. Omar skillfully
side-stepped controversy when asked as to how he would balance the opposing
views on J&K between the government he represents and his father.
Ruhaab Khan of GD Goenka Public School (Vasant Kunj, New Delhi) was
declared the best swimmer in girls Group VII category at the end of the two-day
Delhi State Open Aquatic Championships at the National Stadium pool.
Ruhaab established as many as four meet records during the two days. Her new
records included: 50m freestyle, 50m back, 50m breast and 50m butterfly. Prizes
were given away by Shanti Desai, Mayor of Delhi.
Mirza Tanners Ltd. is India's foremost shoe manufacturer. The integrated shoe
manufacturing unit makes over 3 million pairs of men's leather shoes annually.
This is possible with five state of the art plants spread across the country. It
claims to have captured 15 percent of the leather footwear market in the
country. Red Tape is considered synonymous with high fashion range of casual and
semi formal shoes for men. Its other brands are Oaktrak, Alloys, Oakridge.
The designs of shoes are sketched in London, with a discerning eye on the
fashion and trends. Last year company's turnover was Rs 16-18 crore. Now they
have the ambition to cross the Rs 100 crore mark in next five years. Their stall
in Pargati Maidan in New Delhi in the recently held Shoe Fair was a mammoth
Irshad Mirza, chairman of the company is also the chairman of the Council
for Leather Exports. He was the brain behind organizing the shoe fair this year.
He is also chairman of the state Minority Commission, UP.
Mrs Shehnaz Nabi, a reader at Calcutta University, an eminent Urdu
poetess, a budding politician and a dedicated social worker would agree with the
idea that, 'Women have to be twice as good to be considered half as good.'
Being a single woman she had her own share of trials and tribulations in carving
a niche for herself in all these areas. But, a woman of grit as she is, she took
all these challenges in her stride and came out victorious.
She hails from a middle class family. Her inclination towards literature was
further strengthened by the erudite atmosphere of her family.
She got her first nazm published when she was in 11th standard. Today, her
poetry has got recognition both in India and abroad. Her two collections of
poetry dealing with romanticism of youth are, Bheegi ruton ki katha (nazms) and
Mujhe mat chhuo (odes and nazms).
Her later poems deal with today's woman and her problems, delineation of one
human being from another and gradual depletion of relationships and values.
She has also done PhD in Development of Urdu Criticism after 1960, and has done
Research papers and articles. Apart from making mark in both literary field:
literature and teaching, she is also running and NGO called AWARE, i.e. Annesa
Women's Association for Rehabilitation and Employment, to teach helpless women
of all age groups fundamental education and various arts and crafts.
As for her inspiration, she feels that a sensible person need not be inspired by
something in particular. But he/she can draw inspiration from any quarter of
life, any moment. She feels that the future of Urdu literature is bright. Her
motto for herself and for the budding writers is that, 'They should write
exactly whatever they feel, instead of imitating someone they admire.
Spontaneity is the key.'
The dashing 32 year old man and the 250 CC bike he rides are made in India.
"Completely", he takes care to emphasise. The man, M J Khalid,
a TV journalist, insists that India has a certain copyright on the idea of
unconditional, unfettered peace. "Mahatma Buddha, Mahatma Mahavir and
Mahatma Gandhi were only expressions of the general Indian ethos of peace,"
he argues. O.K. One has to listen to him because what he says sounds reasonable
enough. Also, his TV anchor's clipped accent and forceful gestures carry the
And this man thinks the world has to be told about all this. But, does the world
not know already? "Still, it needs reiteration," he insists. So, he
and his made-in-India bike are going out on a 90-day peace mission, roaring
through 20 countries, leaving New Delhi on October 2, Gandhi Jyanti Day.
"The world has to be told about who we are, and we also have to learn from
others", he says. The symbolism of October 2 is not lost on any one.
Interestingly, the world already seems to be listening, so to say. He will be
President Khatami's guest for a day in Teheran before crossing into Iraq, the
Balkans, Western Europe and Northern Europe.
Everywhere he would meet heads of state, cultural activists, intellectuals,
journalists, other people. He will record everything on film as he is carrying a
hi-tech movie camera. He would also note in down in his big diary, for a book to
be written later. Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Uma Bharati would
flag off the journey from Raj Ghat. On return to India, he would be received at
a still higher level with appropriate protocol and pageantry. Best of journey.
And, Jai Hind!
Noted Malayalam litterateur, Mr NP Muhammed has been appointed as the
chairman of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi. This was announced by the State Minister
for Cultural affairs, Mr. G.Kartikeyan.
N.P, author of over 25 books, is well known among literary circles of Kerala for
his priceless contributions to the Malayalam literature over the last five
decades. Since he was very much involved in the cultural field, he knew every
pulse of Kerala’s cultural life.
His novels, ‘Daivattinte Kannu’ and ‘Ennappadangal’ have been rated
highly by critics.
The high profile septagenarian writer spoke about his plans at length. According
to him, “It is high time that the upper caste flavour of Malayalam literature
is changed, it is also hightime that adequate representation is given on Kerala
Sahitya Akademi to the young generation of writers, minority communities and
Muhammed is of the view that the Akademi should invigorate the cultural and
literary scene of the villages. He also made it clear he was determined to keep
the Akademi insulated from play of group politics. But nobody in the cultural
field can say to what extent he will succeed in his above said policy. If he
succeeds in it, that can do wonders in a state where everything is politicized.
N.P, who rendered Alija Ali Izet Begovic’s Islam between East and West to
Malayalam, has won different literary awards including the Kendra Sahitya